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Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 10:35:30 -0700
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From: Zimbabwe Crisis
Subject: ZimCrisis#118 -- Appeal for Help for Kathy Olds

Hi everyone,

This is dated over a month ago, although I only received it in the last couple of weeks. Please assist if you can.


Saturday 1st July 2000

We expect you will have read or heard of Kathy Olds who has taken refuge here in England following the murder of her husband Martin in Zimbabwe.

Kathy and her two children Martine and Angus arrived here 4 weeks ago with nothing but what they could carry in their suitcases and since then they have been put up by Tim and Sue Gibbs in Gloucestershire who had been neighbours in Zimbabwe.

Temporary school arrangements for the children have been made in Gloucestershire and the hope is that the family will be able to remain in the area in the medium term so that they at least have some stability at this very sad time. Tim and Sue cannot, however, support the family indefinitely in their home and there will come a time soon when they have to move on. As things are at the moment they have nowhere to go and no money to rent and certainly not to buy.

We (James who knew Martin at school in Zimbabwe and Charles who is a solicitor in Suffolk) would like to help and have joined Bill Earle, a friend of the Gibbs family now retired and living in Cirencester, to see what we can do. Could you help too?

We reckon that we can support the family in Gloucestershire for at least a year until they get themselves back on their feet with between 20,000 and 25,000. This should be enough to pay for accommodation, food, etc., and possibly to help run a small car for getting to school and eventually, we hope, to help Kathy to find and keep a job (she has many years of experience as a legal secretary).

We would like to suggest to anyone interested in helping that 52.00 would be a suitable amount to contribute -- equivalent to 1.00 per week for a year -- although any greater or lesser contribution would of course be much appreciated. We are opening a bank account with Bill Earle and ourselves as joint signatories from which we would pay a monthly allowance to Kathy and one-off payments as and when necessary.

Please give us a hand -- it is not a great deal to ask and we've already been promised 1000 before this letter has even been sent. If you'd like to help, please forward a cheque to James at Red House Farm made out to 'Olds Family Fund'. Any queries, please call James on 01728 638627.

If anyone knows of a bungalow or a cottage near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, which won't 'break the bank', then please let us know. We are still looking for a place for Kathy to live.

May we suggest that Tesco vouchers would be very useful in the immediate future, so any contributions would be welcome. Book vouchers would also be helpful for the children.

If we succeed in getting this off the ground then we promise not to come back to you to ask for any further contribution.

Please do help if you can. Thank-you.

James Maberly and Charles Boscawen

Contact Address;

James Maberly
Red House Farm,
Suffolk IP13 8AQ
United Kingdom

Tel; 01728 638627
Fax; 01728 638628
E-mail; jmab@themutual.net

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